Charles Ray Wilson Edit

Summary

Level of Description
Sub-Group
Language
English

Dates

  • 1964 – 1965 (Creation)
  • 1961 – 1970 (Creation)

Extents

  • 3 Boxes (Whole)

Agent Links

Subjects

Notes

  • Abstract

    Collection of materials documenting Charles Ray Wilson’s service as Miami University Provost and  President Pro Tem from 1961 to 1970.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Materials do not circulate and are made available to users in the Miami University Archives.

  • Preferred Citation

    Charles Ray Wilson Collection, Miami University Archives, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

  • Other Descriptive Information

    http://archives.lib.muohio.edu/show_subCat2.php?subCat1_id=25&&subCat1_name=1964-65%20%28pro%20tem%29%20Charles%20R.%20Wilson&&cat_id=4&&cat_name=President

  • Biographical / Historical

    Birth Death 1905-86

    Term 1964-65 [pro tem]

    A Cincinnati native, Charles Ray Wilson was born in 1905, graduated from Miami in 1926, earned a master's degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1929, and received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1934. His teaching activity was varied and broad, including Mariemont in the Cincinnati public schools and the University of Chicago laboratory school. His college career started with two years teaching history at the University of Cincinnati, followed by one year at Miami in 1934, and continuing at Colgate in 1935. He married Elizabeth C. Cook on August 24, 1934, and they susequently had two sons: James and Douglas. With interruptions to teach at the U.S. Army university at Biarritz, France, and at Army installations in Germany, he remained at Colgate until 1961. His experiences there prepared him well for serving as Miami's chief academic officer. He was director of the annual foreign policy conference; chair of the history department; director of the division of social sciences; author of two books in American history; director of the V-12 history program in World War II; faculty representative to the committeeon the post-war college, the educational policy committee, the development council, the athletic governing board, and the concert lecture series; faculty advisor to his own fraternity, Phi Delta Theta; president of the Colgate chapter of the American Association of University Professors, candidate for Congress; and a delegate to the Democratic National Committee. He also was a member of the American and Southern Historical Associations, the Organization of American Historians, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Delta Chi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Delta Epsilon, and Phi Sigma. His academic specialties at Colgate and Miami were Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War and American foreign policy. In recognition of his services as the permanent president of the class of 1926, his contributions as chairman of the alumni committee for Miami's _949 long-range program study, and his significant academic career, Ray was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Miami in 1950. His continuing interest in alumni affairs was further recognized after his return to Miami by the A.K. Morris Award in 1964. An honorary degreee from Bowling Greeen State University in 1967 further reecognized his accomplishments as a leader in higher education. In 1961, President John D. Millett brought Wilson back to Miami as Provost. Soon thereafter, he played a significant role, indicative of his planning and foresight, in establishing an early systems analysis program at Miami in cooperation with I.B.M. The School of Applied Science, with its technically-oriented programs, was nurtured by Wilson. He was equally, and singularly, responsible for the establishment of a major in international studies, which today has one of the heaviest concentrations of enrolled students. His professional experiences, as well as his personal interests and beliefs, contributed to the establishment of Miami's European Center in Luxembourg. Relationships with universities in Japan and Brazil were established at his insistence. Dr.Wilson served as Acting President of Miami University when Dr. Millett became the first chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents in 1964. With the arrival of Dr. Phillip R. Shriver in 1965, Dr. Wilson added Vice President for Academic Affairs to his title. He served in this role until his retirement in 1970. He died in 1986. [From "A Memorial to Charles Ray Wilson," by Robert Etheridge, Karl Limper, Kenneth McDiffett, Bill Moeckel, Raymond Moloney, and Charles Teckman].

    A Cincinnati native, Charles Ray Wilson was born in 1905, graduated from Miami in 1926, earned a master's degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1929, and received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1934. His career in academia started with a history teaching position at the University of Cincinnati from 1932 to 1933, followed by one year at Miami University, and a move to Colgate University in 1935. He married Elizabeth C. Cook on August 24, 1934, Wilson remained at Colgate until 1961, with interruptions to teach at the U.S. Army University at Biarritz, France, and at Army installations in Germany. In 1961, President John Millett brought Wilson back to Miami a as Provost.  Wilson served as Acting President of Miami University when Millett became the first chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents in 1964. With the selection of  Phillip Shriver as Miami President in 1965, Provost Wilson added Vice President for Academic Affairs to his title. He played a significant role in establishing an early systems analysis program at Miami in cooperation with I.B.M. The School of Applied Science, with its technically oriented programs, was nurtured by Wilson. He was also responsible for the establishment of a major in international studies. Wilson served as Vice President and Provost until his retirement in 1970. He died in 1986.

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  • Scope and Contents

    Correspondence, reports, memos, and printed material related to Wilson’s tenure as Miami University Provost from 1961 to 1970 and Miami  President Pro Tem from 1964 to 1965.

  • Processing Information

    The collection was processed by Bob Schmidt, Archivist, Miami University Archives.

  • Abstract

    President; Charles Ray Wilson (acting); Office Files, A-Foreign Students' Advisor; 1964-65; Box 3 [13A-G-3A] Files:

    1. Admission Inquiries

    2. Admissions Office

    3. AFROTC

    4. Alumni Association

    5. American Association of University Professors

    6. School of Applied Science

    7. College of Arts and Science

    8. Assistant to the President

    9. Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges

    10. Audio Visual Service

    11. Bishop Medals

    12. Board of Trustees

    13. Academic Affairs Committee

    14. Building and Grounds Commitee

    15. Finance and Business Management Committee

    16. Student and Alumni Affairs Committee

    17. Bowling Green State University

    18. Broadcasting Service

    19. Budget

    20. Bureau of Educational and Field Service

    21. School of Business Administration

    22. Calendar Revision

    23. Central State College

    24. Charter Day

    25. Cole, Foster J.

    26. Commencement

    27. Committees

    28. Committee on Faculty Research

    29. Communism

    30. Cooperative Teacher Intern Study

    31. Council of Deans

    32. Council on Student Affairs

    33. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare

    34. School of Education

    35. Faculty and Staff Appointments

    36. Faculty Council

    37. School of Fine Arts

    38. Football

    39. Ford Foundation

    40. Foreign Students' Advisor

    President; Charles Ray Wilson (acting); Office Files, General-Ohio Board of Regents; 1964-65; Box 4 [13A-G-3B] Files:

    1. General A-C

    2. General D-G

    3. General H-L

    4. General M-O

    5. General P-S

    6. General T-Z

    7. Graduate School

    8. Greek Affairs

    9. Guest Houses

    10. Hamilton Campus

    11. Hamilton Lecture

    12. Hospital

    13. Inauguration Invitations

    14. Instructional Research Serice

    15. Intercollegiate Athletics

    16. International Educational Exchange

    17. Inter-University Council

    18. Kent State University

    19. Charles F. Kettering Foundation

    20. Library

    21. Maintenance and Grounds

    22. Programs

    23. McGuffey School

    24. Dean of Men

    25. Miami University Abroad

    26. Miami University Foundation

    27. Mid-American Conference

    28. Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction

    29. National Commission on Accrediting

    30. National Science Foundation

    31. North Central Association

    32. NROTC

    33. Ohioans for Jobs and Progress

    34. Ohio College Association

    35. Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges

    36. Director of Public Works

    37. Governor of Ohio

    38. Miscellaneous Departments

    39. Ohio Board of Regents

    President; Charles Ray Wilson (acting); Office Files, Ohio Legislature-Wright State Campus ; 1964-65; Box 5 [13A-G-3C] Files:

    1. Ohio Legislature

    2. Ohio State University

    3. Ohio University

    4. Opening of School

    5. Oxford

    6. Personnel

    7. President's Newsletter

    8. Provost

    9. Publications

    10. Public Information Office

    11. Public Relations Council

    12. Pulp and Paper Foundation

    13. Purchasing

    14. Registrar's Office

    15. Residence Halls

    16. Rockefeller Foundation

    17. Scripps Foundation

    18. Security

    19. Social Security

    20. Student Aid

    21. Student Correspondence

    22. Student Counseling Service

    23. Student Leadership Recognition Dinner

    24. Student Organization

    25. Student Publication

    26. Dean of Students

    27. Talawanda School District

    28. Treasurer

    29. Trustees' Luncheon

    30. University Center

    31. University Senate

    32. Dean of Women

    33. Wright State Campus

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Materials do circulate and may only be used in the archives.

  • Physical Location

    Miami University Archives, King Library, 3rd Floor, Walter Havighurst Special Collections, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

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Instances

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    3; Office Files, A-Foreign Students' Advisor; 1964-65; 13A-G-3A
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    4; Office Files, General-Ohio Board of Regents; 1964-65; 13A-G-3B
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    5; Office Files, Ohio Legislature-Wright State Campus ; 1964-65; 13A-G-3C

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